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The Association's three-person staff consists of an Executive Director, a Policy and Advocacy Director, a Member Relations and Communications Director, and an Administrative and Operations Assistant. 

The Association also contracts a part-time Accountant.

Eugene Piccolo, MACS Executive Director Piccolo, Eugene

Executive Director

Phone: 651-789-3090 ext. 1

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Eugene's educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of St. Thomas and a M.A. in Non-public School Administration - Secondary and Elementary, also from the University of St. Thomas. A veteran educator and former Assistant Commissioner in the Minnesota Department of Education, Eugene has had a career in education spanning more than 30 years.

As an Executive Director, Eugene has a vital role in charter school advocacy. This includes organizational training and development, with special concentration pertaining, but not limited to school administration, public policy, and governance. Eugene has made continuous efforts in strengthening growth and innovation in the charter movement, with a renewed commitment to both high quality and real accountability.

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Advocacy & Policy Director

Phone: 651-789-3090 ext. 2

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Tom has been working in education for over 25 years,  he holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, a MA in Curriculum Arts and an elementary license from University of St. Thomas and a Principal Licensure from Hamline University. He is also an adjunct professor at Hamline University. 

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Member Relations & Communications Director

Phone Number: 651-789-3090 ext. 3

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As Member Relations & Communications Director, Mike leads the Association's efforts to build and maintain membership, and foster community amongst the chartered public schools across Minnesota. He also manages MACS’ various publications and web presences, including newsletters, research publications and social media. He has a professional background in communications management and a BA from James Madison University.

Mike also freelances as an actor in the Twin Cities and rides in charity cycling tours.


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Administrative and Operations Assistant

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Addie received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2020 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in English. A resident of Minneapolis, she is passionate about education and has spent the past four years working in childcare. As Administrative and Operations assistant, Addie is responsible for the day-to-day administrative tasks in the office.

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